Ohio State will not have to release Zach Smith findings if Urban Meyer resigns
The investigation into how much Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer knew about his former assistant’s illegal and inappropriate behavior was scheduled to conclude over the weekend, and the findings will be presented to university leaders at some point in the coming days. The information will then be made public, unless one major move takes place.
In an appearance on FOX Sports 1’s “Outkick” radio show Monday morning, college football reporter Brett McMurphy noted that Ohio State is required by law to give the public 24 hours notice before releasing its investigative findings. However, the results of the investigation do not have to be released to the public if Meyer chooses to resign when presented with the information.
McMurphy, who broke the story about Zach Smith being arrested on numerous occasions, brought to light further information last week that calls Smith’s character into question. The newer report states that he had a sexual relationship with a fellow employee and photographed himself having sex with a woman inside the OSU coaches’ offices, among other disturbing behavior. McMurphy told Clay Travis on the “Outkick” show that the behavior speaks to Smith’s “lack of credibility.”
McMurphy also said Ohio State has questions to answer, not just Meyer. For example, the woman Smith is alleged to have had inappropriate contact with at the Buckeyes’ facility still has her bio listed on Ohio State’s athletics website, but the school says she is no longer an employee of the university.
“I’m getting two different stories. On July 12, 2015, she left the football office and she was then placed in another department at the university within the athletic department,” McMurphy said, as transcribed by Brad Crawford of 247Sports.com. “I don’t know the reason, all Ohio State would tell me was her dates of employment and the different departments she worked at within the athletic department.”
It seems like both Meyer and Ohio State know more than they are letting on, and apparently we may never get answers if Meyer decides to resign. It’s almost impossible to imagine an investigation finding that Meyer did nothing wrong, regardless of what some of his supporters have said.